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Want a career as an Architectural Technologist or Technician? In this field you’ll use the latest technologies and work alongside architects and construction specialists to turn design concepts into the documents used to construct a building. The New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology will give you the skills to design and produce construction documentation for both residential and commercial buildings. This is a high demand field where practical application of knowledge is valuable to kick start your career.
- Emphasis on real-world applications using the latest technology of CAD(Computer-Aided Design) and BIM (Building Information Management)
- This qualification is nationally recognised and endorsed by professional organisations
- Good graduate employment opportunities
- Great preparation and easy transition into further Level 7 study in the Bachelor of Construction and the Bachelor of Architectural Studies: cross-crediting available
- Gain exposure and experience to a wide number of construction software
Recommendation on studying full time
Studying full-time is like doing a full-time job. You might only be in lectures and workshops for 16 hrs a week but you are expected to spend another 24 hours a week on self-directed study, doing quizzes, re-reading lecture content and working on assignments. That makes 40 hours.
We recognize many of you want or need to work whilst you are studying but we would not recommend you to do any more than part-time study if you have a full-time job, and don’t let your working hours overlap with your lecture times.
Preparing for study
Courses and programme content: Look at what courses you'll study in the "Courses and timetables" section.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Prepare for your study by purchasing your PPE. You'll need the right equipment to meet health and safety requirements on-site visits. This includes:
Safety boots (steel-capped shoes)
A high-visibility vest
Funding your study
The Targeted Training Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) fees-free programme, which used to cover training costs for the programme, ended 31 Dec 2022. However, we have many alternative funding options available for you if you meet the criteria. Call us on 0800 10 95 10 to chat to help understand options or visit Funding your study.
For this programme, you will need the following:
1. Achieved one of the below:
- A total of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in Mathematics; or
- A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
- Be at least 20 years old by the time the programme begins AND provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the programme
2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
3. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:
- Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance
- Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
- Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years
For more information, download the programme regulations (PDF 255KB).
Courses and timetables
For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2024; please check back again soon.
|Construction Industry Environment (CIBC4001)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to apply and develop skills and knowledge of construction law and documentation; and to communicate effectively within the construction environment.|
|Materials and Structural Principles (CIBC4002)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop critical knowledge, skills and understanding of structural principles, evaluate the properties of materials and finishes; and their application to construction projects.|
|Construction Documentation (CIBC4043)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to develop introductory graphical skills and knowledge to prepare design and construction documentation.|
|Environmental Impact (CIBC5003)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge to evaluate site and building limitations including environmental impacts and sustainable methods of construction.|
|Building Services (CIBC5004)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop introductory knowledge of the purpose, operating principles, coordination and legislative requirements to manage a range of services in small, medium and large buildings.|
|Construction for Small Buildings (CIBC5005)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop and apply knowledge, skills and understanding of foundation methods, non-specific and specific design structures, provision for services, building envelope and the interior for a small building.|
|Construction for Medium and Large Buildings (CIBC5006)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop and apply knowledge, skills and understanding of foundation methods, structural systems, provision for services, building envelope and the interior for medium and large buildings.|
|Scoping and Preliminary Design (CIBC5044)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to establish client, site and regulatory requirements; to produce a preliminary architectural design from a construction brief.|
|Documentation for Small Buildings (CIBC5045)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to prepare location, assembly and component drawings; and schedules for a small building project.|
|Contract Administration (CIBC6041)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to develop and apply knowledge and skills to prepare and evaluate a tender; and complete post tender, construction and post-construction administration.|
|Design in the Built Environment (CIBC6042)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to apply and develop an understanding of factors relating to the design of construction projects including design principles, cultural differences, and the relationship between people and their built environment.|
|Construction Detailing (CIBC6046)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to demonstrate development of knowledge and skills involved in the interpretation and preparation of construction details.|
|Documentation for Medium Buildings (CIBC6047)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge to prepare location, assembly and component drawings, schedules; and specifications for a medium building project.|
|Construction Design Development (CIBC6048)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to prepare building proposals, building design drawings and associated approval documentation.|
|Virtual Design and Construction (CIBC6049)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to develop introductory skills and knowledge of the principles of building information modelling to establish design solutions.|
|Construction Industry Project (CIBC6050)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable the student to conduct and present the findings of an investigation within the context of the construction industry.|
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